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November 20, 1981, Forty Years Ago: Assam bandh

A powerful explosive device was recovered from the railway track at Kamakhya near Gauhati and was defused by the army.

By: Editorial |
November 20, 2021 4:30:29 am
The Bandh was peaceful in the Valley, except for the border district of Goalpara, where several shops were open and cinema halls functioned. Over 500 persons were taken into custody in the state.

One person was killed at the Dhing railway station in Assam’s Nowgong district when the CRPF fired four rounds to disperse a stone throwing mob. The firing was preceded by a lathi charge. The authorities claimed that the situation was under control. A powerful explosive device was recovered from the railway track at Kamakhya near Gauhati and was defused by the army. But for these incidents and some minor incidents of violence, the 36-hour Assam Bandh called by the AASU and AAGSP passed off peacefully. The Bandh was peaceful in the Valley, except for the border district of Goalpara, where several shops were open and cinema halls functioned. Over 500 persons were taken into custody in the state. North Lakhimpur had the highest tally of arrests.

Punjab Action Plan

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